Thursday, October 25, 2012

Guess who showed up in my sketchbook? Mr. Grumpypants himself, Guy Davis' character The Marquis. He's such a fun guy to draw, I think because his silhouette is so iconic. Plus he always looks like he's got a pebble stuck in his shoe.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hello internet! These are some people from my nephew's 5th birthday party - there was a trampoline but I wasn't allowed on it :C More importantly - DOGS!

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Message from the Past

So I was feeling kinda gloomy today and I was flipping through a semi-recent sketchbook and found this little comic I did about how great i was feeling at the time. It's like me-from-the-past is sending me a secret message!

Motivational Comic?

Sometimes, in lieu of a diary, I make these really rough little comics in my sketchbook to record whatever's going on in my life. I might post some more of them - they're obviously really rough and messy but they have a certain je ne sais quoi about them that I like. Tumbled

Sunday, July 29, 2012

This one escaped my frog page for some reason so here he is with a splash of colour.

Green Frog

Saturday, July 28, 2012

While I'm working on other things, here is a page of frog sketches! I want to do something with frogs, I'm just not sure what yet. They are very interesting creatures.

Page o' Frogs

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Here's a really lose sketch of a drawing I might start working on. Full body octopus hug! Or racy pinup? You be the judge!

Octopus Hug


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Some little cupids based on illustrated woodcuts from 1900

Sketchbook: cupids


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I was playing with some left over paint and voila - a rose! roseroserose-web


Monday, July 16, 2012



I've really been into bees and ants the last few weeks after reading Angels and Insects by A. S. Byatt. This piece represents a lot of the experimentation I've been doing with texture.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Here's a little drawing from the sketchbook: Sketchbook: this guy

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's me in doodle form! One more before I pack it in.

Alexis Doodle

Little bee! This is part of a larger illustration I'm working on but ain't he sweet?! This drawing is actually only around 2.5cm, graphite.

Little Bee

Last one of these!

Portrait Sketch

Monday, July 9, 2012

One more! Another experiment with a limited palette.

Painting Sketch

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I got my hands on some actual paints! This is a study in a limited palette: yellow ochre, titanium white, raw umber, ultramarine blue and I think I threw in a tiny bit of maybe burnt sienna near the end.

Sunny Portrait

Friday, July 6, 2012

Some more creepy faces!

Kids' Faces

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Some face drawing from tonight, from a book of facial expressions:


Sunday, June 24, 2012

I made this Free Cece poster to hang up around the city, if you'd like to put some up too you can download the original (letter) size by clicking on the image. For more information about Cece Macdonald's case visit: Support Cece!

I stand with Cece!

Free Cece - Poster 1

Friday, June 22, 2012

From the sketchbook, two guys in pencil:

Sketchbook - two guys

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I've been making a mask for the last couple of days. It's a very ambiguous animal.

Monster Mask

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Scenes from a sketchbook:

Sketchbook - 06/19

Sunday, June 17, 2012

More paintering from this evening:

Portrait Study - 6/17

And a close up of the eye, for anyone interested:

Portrait Study - 6/17



Saturday, June 16, 2012

From the sketchbook: a jellyfish experiment.

Sketchbook: Jellyfish

More exciting experiments with texture.

Friday, June 15, 2012

From the sketchbook: Sketchbook: this thing

Monday, June 11, 2012

A sketch from today, just playing around

Mushroom People - Sketch

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bad Mood

Bad Mood

I just found this doodle of myself that I must have drawn when I was feeling grumpy.

Speed painting study of George W. Lambert's Ballet Dancer in Costume: lambertspeedpainting-web

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Leaning Boy

Painting/texture study. I really like trying to get handmade textures into painting. I also really like throwing in really opaque, crisp edged lines in there, it ruins the believability in a really nice way.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Siblings - painting study

I painted this while listening to a cbc Ideas episode called Delusion of gender:
In 1797, the English clergyman Thomas Gisborne wrote a popular book called, An Enquiry into the Duties of the Female Sex. It outlined the different mental abilities of men and women and was a Victorian best-seller. Today many scientists believe there is a male and female brain. Australian academic psychologist Cordelia Fine begs to differ. She has written several books about brain development and the science of sex differences.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Edit: Thought I'd post a little bit of progress, it's crazy how much a few lines around the mouth can fix it up. At first I was like 'man that is not my mouth at all' but I shifted the shadows around a bit and VOILA! Now he could be my distant cousin, har har. I think the dark background is helping. I'm trying to be really bold with that exciting orange flesh colour, it's a colour I'd normally stay away from because it's very bold. Portrait study - second pass

Trying to get that blue/orange relationship going here, too. Colour relationship are very mysterious to me. Anything colour related that is working in this painting I feel I owe to three of many amazing OCAD instructors: Gillian Isles, Harvey Chan and Robert Berger, all three fantastic artists and teachers.

First Pass:
Portrait study
From tonight. This isn't finished because I'm late to watch Game of Thrones - PRIORITIES, PEOPLE!

Friday, June 1, 2012

More painty fun - also a pug!!! Pugly Wugly

Monday, May 28, 2012

I'm experimenting with more textures, trying to see how stuff fits together. Also I love dogs. I was staying in a neighbourhood this month with lots of dogs and every morning walking to the bus stop was great because I got to pet so many! Min Pin

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hello bloggy-blog!!

It's been an interesting couple of weeks. My website is down for maintenance and I'm housesitting in a house with internet that I can't get to work. It's really weird to be without internet, even if it's only in the evenings. Last week I kept feeling like I should be doing something... on the internet. Also there's a parrot that I'm watching.

Here is something from my sketchbook:

Hearts and Lines

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weremonster sketch

I'm poking at a series that expands on my Pathway image.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sketchbook offerings:
Sketchbook - anatomy lesson

Sketchbook page (NSFW)

I've been looking at a lot of books on Alchemy lately.

This is how I "take notes" for future pieces, I make a lot of little piecemeal drawings of things I have seen and liked.

Monday, May 7, 2012

This piece is about the strangeness of heading in a new, unknowable direction. This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately. It's funny how new things can be scary and magical at the same time. pathway-web-colour
From the sketchbook! Clothing studies from Historic Costume in Pictures. For personal use only. No suesue. Armour Studies

Monday, April 30, 2012


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Two recent drawings from my sketchbook: Sketchbook 1 - 04-29-12 Sketchbook 2 - 04-29-12

Monday, April 23, 2012

Here is a 'lil frog illustration while I work on something that involves tigers! froggie-webRGB-colour

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tigers! I'm working on an illustration that involves tigers so I've been drawing quite a few of them. This one looks younger and more spry than the tiger I'm aiming for but I like it!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Sketchbook Botanicals

Monday, April 9, 2012

A black and white study, I like abstract shapes:


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What happens when you cross mushrooms with squirrels, lions and pigs? Something like this!